Thursday, April 18, 2013

The protracted comfort women issue

The Japanese ambassador to South Korea said that a statue of a young girl erected in front of the embassy in Seoul to commemorate comfort women drafting into service as sex slaves to the Japanese military was “not helping to solve problems in Japanese-South Korean relations.” Ambassador Koro Bessho made his comments while speaking at an Apr. 16 debate organized by the Kwanhoon Club at the Seoul Press Center.
Historians say about 200,000 women from Korea, China, the Philippines and other countries were drafted to work in Japanese army brothels in Asia. This is inhumane to subject the women, who had already suffered so much in their lives, to such hatred. These are the types of acts that could damage bilateral relations between the neighboring countries. The comfort women issue is more than just a issue between South Korea and Japan. It's about universal human rights, women's rights, and human dignity.

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